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Was reading on TOS that O'Brien is making a push to play either Army or Navy in Ireland. Was stated that as recently as December he has been telling recruits this. Sean, have you heard rumblings of anything like this around the program. I know O'Brien has been vocal on doing things for the team aside from bowl games. Wondering if this story had any legs or if it was just BS.
This would be phenomenal! Hopefully it comes to fruition.
"DOMINATE the state" - James Franklin 1/11/14
That would be pretty sweet.
Would love to show up nd in their faux country..
Love to take a road trip there!! Ireland would love our fans flocking and spending their money!!!
I thought I heard a while back that they were talking about playing in Germany against Army or Navy... Anyway, since we just played Navy I would like to play Army.
I love that BO'B is thinking out of the box with these ideas to sell the players on unique game site experiences outside of bowls. I'd go to Ireland for sure!
October 12, 2013. PSU 43 - UM 40 (4 OT). Unfortunately this fan wasn't around long enough to see it!
I hope its BS. One of The most ridiculous things i've ever heard.
People can't afford season tixs, commuting back and forth to Beaver Stadium for home games and someone thinks PSU to Dublin is a good idea.
The F'ing economy is in meltdown if you haven't noticed.
It's not about the "F'ing economy" BlueBlood. It's about rewarding the team/players/recruits with something special that otherwise isn't available to promise during the bowl-ban years. I happen to like the idea. BO'B is a breath of fresh air that we've needed for a long time now in Happy Valley. I loved JoePa, but BO'B has swept out a half-century of stale air here. I'm willing to flex outside the box with BO'B on this one!
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I believe, if true, this would be used as a reward to our players who have been unjustly made targets of the ncaa. Many will never get to experience a bowl, something all college players should get to do at least have the opportunity to earn. I, for one, wouldn't mind missing a game if it means our players get to have some fun. Not everything has to be about you or the fans. The players deserve their time.
Huh? it's basically a bowl game. Did you not watch the hundreds of thousands of people that went to them this year (flights, hotels, food, tickets, etc). They must not have noticed the economy either.
I think playing in Ireland is awesome but I don't think our program is in position to do it. I think after what PSU has been through people all over the world look at PSU differently. I would love a game in Ireland but maybe in about 5 years. I know you want to restore the programs image but I don't even want to know what version of what went down here they got in ireland with the way the media works.
If you believe the rumors, OB was apparently upset about some things he was told which he relayed to recruits which ended up being false. I was wondering if this was one of the things.
It may be the only game I can make, heck there are a few of us here on the Continent who might make the trip. Flights to Ireland can be found pretty cheap. We can have a European Tailgate. Woo Hoo.
Ireland a destination location for college football players from Penn State?
A Reward going to Dublin? PLEEZE !
Go play some scrub team in Europe ad get obliterated at the pubs (drinking age is 18) sign me up.
“If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets.” ― Haruki Murakami
Yeah, cuz every bowl game is in San Diego or Miami in front of a sold out, raucous crowd.
So you have been trolling the entire time I see.
I understand I'm an outsider, but as someone who was fortunate enough to vacation in Ireland.....PLEEZE! These kids would love it! I was just out of college when I went and Dublin, Ireland is FREEKIN AWESOME! Temple Bar, Trinity College, the Gaelic culture, Corke Park, Tara Downs Road, the Historic Churches, Dublinia & Viking World, Old Jameson Distillery, Guiness Brewery, Grafton Street.......I could go On and On! I hope the kids at PSU get to experience this!!! Best of Luck on this idea.
As I've said before, the U.S. Economy is still in the tank and if Alums' and fans can't afford to see home games or travel to away games on U.S. soil, who but for a select few have the interest or money to travel across the pond to Dublin?
If it replaced an away game, is televised and is something the kids want to do, what's the difference? The athletic department wouldn't lose any revenue, a small number of fans miss out on an away game (though more might actually make a full vacation out of it-like me), and the kids get a nice trip for all their hard work.
This post was edited by psujmc1992 15 months ago
“We need to keep this (expletive) together,” Mauti and Zordich to Hill
This would be a once in a lifetime trip for a PSU fan. PSU fans also travel very well to non-conference away games that involve quality opponents.
Not only would this be a great experience for the players but also a great chance at positive publicity.
Then watch it on tv. There are many ways to participate.
I have been traveling to Ireland for business and/or weddings about 6 times a year for the last 4 years and the Irish people really don't care about PSU or any university or college for that matter. They honestly don't understand my passion for my "college" as they are loyal to their home town, not necessarily where they went to school.
That being said, I think this would be great for the kids and fans. I understand BlueBloods concerns, but the benefit definitely outways the negatives in this case.
A lot of aluminum and fans could afford it. Remember there is a 4 year span they have not spent any lonely on bowl games. That being said the best way to beat a bad economy is to choose ot to participate. When you start making excuses for your Buisness you send a terrible message to others about the economy.
It really isn't that expensive to go to ireland. unless you book some package, you can fly there cheaper than LA.
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